RA 9745 hailed; Maoist’s urged to uphold the rule of law

THE ALLIANCE FOR NATIONALISM AND DEMOCRACY (ANAD) Partylist is in full support of Republic Act 9745, otherwise known as the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last Nov. 10. ANAD strongly believes that the enactment of RA 9745 shows government’s commitment towards the protection of the rights of Filipinos, especially against harassments, intimidation, and more importantly her peoples’ right to life and liberty.

“ANAD hopes that the implementation and compliance of the provisions of RA 9745 must not only bear upon government but on all Filipinos, especially the Maoist terrorist Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA), whose penchant for violence and disrespect towards the rights of peoples are insurmountable and remarkable, until today,” said Rey Salas, ANAD secretary general and national spokesman.

On the issue of extra-judicial killings in the country, “What is reported and given publicity by Maoist communist lapdogs in media represents only a miniscule part compared to the total transgressions and human rights abuses committed by the Maoist terrorists that never saw the pages of national newspapers’ or the airlanes of radio and television media,” Salas explained.

Salas challenged Karapatan, Task Force Detainees-Philippines, SELDA, and other Maoist terrorist sectoral front and pseudo partylist organizations to be circumspect, honest, sincere, and transparent in the documentation and reporting of alleged human rights violation cases. “Black propaganda is their main weapon while pursuing vilification and hate campaign against government. If they are sincere in upholding and protecting our peoples’ rights, RA 9745 should change their ways. RA 9745 should cause their transformation towards transparency, honesty, and true commitment towards the protection of our peoples’ rights,” Salas said.

While ANAD calls for a full and sincere compliance of the law by government agencies and functionaries, the same is demanded from other sectors of the Filipino community particularly the Maoist terrorists whose more than 40-years of insurgency has caused the enforced disappearances and deaths of tens of thousands of Filipinos.

“No one, even if one is a member of a self-proclaimed revolutionary organization, is exempted or excluded from liability if he violates the law. More so, if one is a terrorist,” Salas said.

“The goals and intentions of the law could not be achieved if stakeholders in the community, not only government, refuse to do their share in upholding the rule of law, especially RA 9745,” Salas stressed.

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